I think there are so many profound implications relating to transracial adoption, including cultural, theological, societal and certainly familial. Still the question remains -- is transracial and transethnic adoption right for everyone, or should it be?
A friend of mine who is an adoption professional recently sent me this news report:
ITALIAN COURT RULES PARENTS CANNOT SPECIFY CHILD’S RACE IN ADOPTION
Prospective adoptive parents in Italy should not be allowed to request children of a certain race or ethnicity, according to a ruling by the country’s highest appeals court. The decision was reported in a June 3rd article by Erin Bock (“Italy High Court Rules Adoptive Couples Cannot Request Children Based on Race, Ethnicity”) on jurist.org. Instigated by a couple who only wanted to adopt a white child of European descent, the case prompted the court not only to recommend the denial of the parents’ application to adopt, but also called the parents “discriminatory” and recommended they receive social services and psychological support.
As the father of four children (all of whom were adopted and all of whom are Hispanic) and friend to more transracially-adopted (and transethnically-adopted) families than I can count, this report really got me to thinking. Make no mistake, I support transracial and transethnic adoption for so many reasons – not just because it involves my family. I think there are so many profound implications relating to transracial adoption, including cultural, theological, societal and certainly familial. I may offer some of my thoughts on this subject in the coming weeks, not to debate or try to persuade but simply to process them out loud, so to speak, and hopefully create an engaging dialog.
But for now, I want to pose a few questions that came to my mind – and I hope that you will offer your thoughts. Is this new Italian court ruling a “good” one? Is it a policy that you would want to see instituted here in the U.S.? Essentially, is transracial and transethnic adoption right for everyone, or should it be? Let me know what you think.